Today's Family & Kids Activites in Brooklyn-Mar 10March 10, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor
Brooklyn has many things for families and kids to do, and during the spring and summer New York City has thousands of kid- and family-friendly activities that include arts and crafts, museum exhibitions, concerts, sports, nature walks in local parks, and many other outdoor activities. Here are some of today's activities in Brooklyn, from gardening to sports meets!
New York Theatre Ballet's "Sleeping Beauty" - Florence Gould Hall
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) concludes its family-friendly Once Upon a Ballet series with the audience favorite, James Sutton's "Sleeping Beauty." The hour-long production is the ideal introduction to ballet for children ages 3-8. Based on the original ballet by Marius Petipa, NYTB's "Sleeping Beauty" features an enchanting set by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, alluring costumes by Sylvia Nolan (resident costume designer for the Metropolitan Opera), and is set to the classical music of Tchaikovsky. Set in a tiny and magical kingdom beneath the roots of a lush, giant tree, the ballet tells the story of Princess Aurora, the evil spell cast on her 16th birthday, and the gallant prince who breaks the curse with a kiss. A cast of 14 dancers brings to life one of the most beloved fairytales of all time.
HerStory Weekend: Maasai Women - Brooklyn Children's Museum
The Maasai people, located in Kenya and Tanzania, are world famous for their cultural traditions and lifestyles. Learn how Maasai women have passed down the art of beading through generations to create magnificent bracelets, necklaces and belts. Examine authentic artifacts and create a beaded craft of your own.
Urban Bush Women - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Urban Bush Women is an innovative dance company that combines the stories of disenfranchised people with contemporary dance, all told from a woman's perspective and filtered through the African Diaspora community.
Astronomy - Salt Marsh Nature Center
Did you know that fall and winter are the best times to observe meteor showers, the phases of the moon, and many planets of the Milky Way. Enjoy astronomy with the Urban Park Rangers, who will guide you the history, science, and folklore of the universe, and looking through a telescope.
Nature Exploration (Moderate) - Clove Lakes Park
Discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest.
Saturday Family Programs: Lori Belilove and the Beliloveables - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
Learn about modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan with The Beliloveables, a pre-professional teen performing troupe trained extensively in the Duncan style.
Irish Dancers - Staten Island Children's Museum
Irish Step dancing is fun and loud and that's no blarney! Come watch and learn a few steps!
Teddy Bear Clinic - Staten Island Children's Museum
Bring your bears in need of care, and learn about injury prevention from Richmond University Medical Center. .
Family Disco Party - The Moxie Spot
Eat dinner and dance away to classic '70s disco/funk.
Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Create abstract designs in pen & ink.
Family Yoga: 2.5 - 6 Year Olds - Bend and Bloom Yoga
Bend and Bloom Yoga offers a variety of children's yoga classes at a variety of schedules. The family yoga sessions include a parent/caregiver.
Story Museum - Historic Richmond Town
Step inside a world filled with the magic of stories, crafts, music, dancing, and singing.
19th-Century Modern - Brooklyn Museum
Featuring more than forty items from the Brooklyn Museum's collection of American and European decorative arts, 19th-Century Modern will focus on the emergence of Modernism, a design aesthetic based in part on the machine as a source of artistic inspiration.
'Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
City Parks Foundation premieres a whimsical new theater piece for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre based on the beloved nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet." "Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service" tells the story of Molly Muffet (the great-great-great-great granddaughter of the original Little Miss Muffet) and what happens when she ends up home alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion. Molly's grandfather is called in to babysit but gets stranded by a snowstorm in Alaska. As a last resort, he calls in an old family friend, Aloisius Albrecht Alviss Spider (Al for short), the original spider from the famed nursery rhyme. Molly and Al quickly become friends and hatch a plan to start a baby-sitting service for baby monsters while her parents are away. As the night progresses and baby monsters get dropped off, Molly and Al receive news that the storm of the century is heading their way. Molly, Al, and the babies bunker down for what promises to be a long night filled with music, song, dance, and numerous surprises.
Puss in Boots - Puppetworks
Puppetworks presents Perrault's 1697 French fantasy Puss in Boots with an original score and a live ogre.
'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter' - American Museum of Natural History
This annual exhibit invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.
Saturday Funday - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
A well-designed program for children with significant learning disabilities such as ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders. Parents and guardians must meet with staff individually prior to start of program.
Mommy and Me Yoga Classes - Namaste Yoga of Kensington
Fight the winter blues with mommy and me yoga. Children of all ages welcome.
New Ways of Seeing: Drop-in Art Drawing - Brooklyn Museum
Artists of all ages, including children, are invited to this drawing workshop which uses a different object from the Museum's collection for study for each class. Conversation is combined with drawing to inspire engagement with art in new ways.
Space No. 1 - Extreme Kids and Crew
An initiative of Extreme Kids and Crew, Space No. 1 offers a safe, sensory play space where special need children and their parents can play, teach, learn, sing, sprawl, and swing. An array of multi-sensory equipment provides for this.
Wacky Tuesday - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Explore art, science and culture in a wacky, fun and exciting way.
Tales for Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Travel to far away places in your imagination by listening to tales from around the world.
Storytimes with Emily - The Moxie Spot
Story time is led by Emily Terte, the creative director of The Moxie Spot. She has years of experience working with young children as an elementary school teacher and librarian, and she combines her love of books, puppets, and children to give children (and parents) an extraordinary story time experience.
Dance Around with Nat - The Moxie Spot
Join Nat, the proprietor of The Moxie Spot, for an hour of singing, dancing around, and celebrating life.
Chess for Children - Brooklyn Lyceum
Children can work on their chess skills via competition and instruction.
Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Tribeca Parenting
These clinics are helpful for moms who need a little reassurance or encouragement with breastfeeding. While many simple issues can be resolved in these helpful group sessions, please be aware that certain more complex breastfeeding issues may require more individualized attention which can be provided in a home visit.
Breastfeeding Support Group - New York Methodist Hospital
Discuss questions and concerns regarding breastfeeding and find support and encouragement with this group, which meets regularly.
Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
Specifically for children four to seven years old and their adult friends (no older or younger siblings, please), Arty Facts explores the Museum's galleries, focusing on a specific theme before returning to the studio to create art inspired by what was seen. The class meets in the Museum's Rubin Lobby exactly at designated times.
Autism Support Group - Hebrew Educational Society
Affected by or confronting autism? You are not alone. Share your experiences and support each other. While the support group is in session, parents/caregivers can bring their children and their siblings.
Discover Tours - Audubon Center at Prospect Park
Learn how to look for birds, discover the source of the Lullwater, and find out what you can do to protect nature on a tour led by expert naturalists. Every Saturday and Sunday.
Arts and Recreation - Prospect Park Audobon Center
Naturalists at the Audubon Center lead structured, fun, and engaging arts activities combined with outdoor nature play that will have kids up and moving like an animal or pretending to be a bat trying to catch a moth.
Handiwork: Tasks and Crafts from the Past - Lefferts Historic House
Imagine yourself in the past! Learn games, pastimes and tasks that were common 200 years ago.
Transit Tots - New York Transit Museum
The Museum's popular weekly drop-in program for youngest transportation fans is free with admission. Adult companions must be present.
Indoor Play - Powerplay
Powerplay's play area is an environment that encourages physical and imaginative play. It's indoor play space is a warm embrace for the cold and frosty days. It provides amenities of a local playground in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Parents and caregivers must supervise their child.
Saturday Pediatric Clinic - New York Methodist Hospital
New York Methodist Hospital offers free preventive dental education, information, and toothbrushes on Saturday mornings by appointment. Call the Department of Dental Medicine at 718-780-5410 or Dental Educator Brendan Wheeler at 718-780-5367.
Saturdays Tots - Staten Island Children's Museum
Hardworking parents can now enjoy some time with their toddlers. Activities include singing, creating, and sharing adventures.
The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs - Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park branch
This program accomodates all kinds of children inclusively for reading, story telling, and various kinds of play sessions. Parent workshops are also available. See Brooklyn Public Library for other locations throughout Brooklyn.
Bereavement Support Groups for Children and Teens - St. Joseph's High School for Girls
Children and teens who may feel isolated in grieving the death of a loved one will be given the opportunity to meet and be with others struggling with similar losses. Groups will meet for eight consecutive weeks. Presented by Calvary Hospital. Contact Kristen Finneran, MS at 646-739-1005 to register and for further information.
Nature's Helpers - Prospect Park Audobon Center
Spend some time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and its waterways and help keep it tidy along the way. Gloves, garbage bags, and trash grabbers will be provided.
Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
Babies and toddlers hear stories, sing songs and rhymes, and play.
ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.